Attorneys at Law

Meet The WHOLAW Team

R. Michelle Blaylock-Howser

Email: michelle@wholaw.net

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Michelle is no stranger to hard work and tough times. In fact, she would tell you that the practice of law picked her long before she knew she would choose it for her career. Michelle has been a part of the Rutherford/Cannon County legal community since 1990 when she began her legal career as a receptionist for a local law office focusing in employment and personal injury law. While in their employ, Michelle worked hard to move up the ranks and eventually served as paralegal for one of the principle partners.

While employed full-time, Michelle continued to work on her undergraduate degree and in 2002 received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science/pre-law. Upon graduation, she took a break from the legal field to pursue her creative side, starting her own business and a family.

After a period of time, the legal field began to call her name once again. In 1998, Michelle returned to the legal field as a paralegal for the law firm of Wilson and Bradley serving as the paralegal in the employment, personal injury and social security disability fields. In 1999, she was called to work for the Tennessee Judiciary as a judicial assistant to Circuit Court Judge Don R. Ash. Judge Ash was/is a wonderful mentor and advisor.

Repeatedly Judge Ash encouraged Michelle to seek out a law degree to advance her career. After much encouragement from him, her family, and the legal community, Michelle decided to enter law school. In 2004,

her law school career was coming to an end and she transferred her employment to yet another mentor and the newest member to the bench, Circuit Court Judge J. Mark Rogers. Michelle continued to work full time, be a single mother, and devote herself to her law degree. In June 2006, she graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the Nashville School of Law and in February 2007 became licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee and the Federal Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Also in 2007, Michelle became employed as an associate with Greg Reed and Associates where she practiced criminal defense, family, and juvenile law.

In 2010, she became a partner in the firm Reed and Howser and began to focus her practice strictly on family and juvenile law. Michelle was humbled and honored to receive the Richard LaRoche Pro Bono award from her legal peers in 2008. In January 2011, she applied and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2013, Michelle found herself at a crossroad, leaving the firm of Reed & Howser to go "home" again to the firm where it all began, Wilson & Bradley. Wilson & Bradley now carries the name Wilson, Howser & Oliver and Michelle is proud to be a part of such a wonderful legal team and firm.

Michelle’s practice is strictly focused on issues dealing with the family including:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Paternity
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Dependenct & Neglect
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Juvenile Justice

In addition, Michelle is also a certified Rule 31 mediator.

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Kris Oliver

Email: kris@wholaw.net

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Kris is devoted to protecting the rights of his clients and treating every client with respect.


Million dollar judgment:
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Kris Oliver is a graduate of Smith County High School, and a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in 2008. He earned his law degree at Nashville School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee. While attending law school, Kris was the law clerk for the Honorable David Loughry for two years before starting his law practice.

Kris brings a wide array of experience to his practice through years of employment in other areas. He grew up working on his family farm in Smith County raising crops and cattle, and also worked as a construction superintendent in Murfreesboro building over one hundred homes. Kris also was employed by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development prior to beginning his legal career.

Kris’s areas of practice include:

  • Criminal Defense including but not limited to: DUI, Drug Charges, Assault, Theft, Domestic Assault
  • Seizure Proceedings with the Department of Safety
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil lawsuits
  • Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Property Disputes

Licensed to Practice in Tennessee courts and United States District for the Middle District of Tennessee

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Jimmy Turner

Email: jimmy@wholaw.net

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Jimmy Turner focuses his practice on criminal defense, insurance and injury litigation, family law and wills and estates. Although known for his witty sense of humor, Jimmy strives to have a no nonsense approach to the practice of law.


A Memphis native, Jimmy graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Administration. Prior to entering law school, he worked for Covenant Transport in Chattanooga, TN, one of the largest trucking companies in the Southeastern United States. This education and experience has provided Jimmy with a unique, firsthand knowledge of the transportation industry and federal motor carrier regulations not held by the average attorney. As an attorney, Jimmy has also represented a number of trucking companies in injury and wrongful death claims. For cases involving accidents with tractor-trailers, hiring the average lawyer without this key knowledge and background is risky.

While in law school, Jimmy worked for several personal injury and workers' compensation insurance defense firms in Nashville. After graduating from the Nashville School of Law in 2011, he joined a well-respected insurance defense firm in downtown Nashville. Jimmy has over 4 years working with insurance companies on injury claims. As an attorney, he has represented individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in civil litigation cases,

including automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, wrongful death cases, dog bites, child injuries and various other insurance claims. He has handled cases in nearly every county in Middle Tennessee, including Rutherford, Davidson, Williamson, Sumner, Wilson, Montgomery, Dickson, Cannon, Dekalb, Dickson, Smith, Cheatham, White, Maury, Coffee, Warren, Lincoln, Marshall and Bedford counties.

A large part of Jimmy’s practice consists of defending individuals charged with criminal offenses.  Often times this is a person’s first brush with law enforcement.  The criminal court process can be intimidating and unnerving. Jimmy’s approach is to bring relief to an otherwise difficult situation.  Trained by a former police officer in criminal defense and investigation, Jimmy defends those charged with DUI, domestic assault, drug offenses, assault, and all other Tennessee misdemeanors and felonies.

Jimmy resides in Murfreesboro with his wife and their two sons. He enjoys golfing, fishing, cooking and watching college football. Jimmy is involved in the community as a member of Murfreesboro Young Professionals, Rutherford County Young Republicans, the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. He attends World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro. He also remains active with the alumni association of his college fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Jimmy focuses on the following areas:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Injury and Insurance Law
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody Modification

C. Kelly Wilson, Of Counsel

Attorney C. Kelly Wilson of Shelbyville, TN joined the firm as Of Counsel in 2014. Mr. Wilson has been practicing law since 1988 after graduating from Memphis State University. Prior to law school, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Mr. Wilson has an excellent record for representing individuals with Personal Injury cases, Worker's Compensation claims, Family Law, and Criminal Defense. He also practices and maintains an office in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

To meet the professionals at Wilson, Howser and Oliver, stop by our Murfreesboro, TN office today or call 615.895.0030 to schedule your free initial consultation.